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The Intelligence of East Asians: A Thirty-Year Controversy and its Resolution

Richard Lynn


Published: 2006/06/01


During the last 30 years there has been controversy concerning whether the intelligence of East Asians (Chinese, Japanese, Koreans) is higher than that of Europeans. Despite counter-arguments, studies of indigenous East Asians in China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore have shown that the average IQ of these peoples is 105, compared with 100 of Europeans. In North America, early studies showed that East Asians had about the same IQ as Europeans, but 5 post-1990 studies have found that their average IQ is 105, the same as that of their indigenous cousins.

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